Here is a collection of bird books for sale. I have looked up the price of these books on other sites and am selling them for much cheaper because I want them to end up in good homes where they will be read and cared for by bird lovers. All books are in excellent condition. If there are flaws it will be noted in the description. Shipping costs are factored into the total price. (I don’t know why the dollar sign ($) comes after the price, sorry.) Thank you for taking a look.
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Water Babies: The Hidden Lives of Baby Wetland Birds, by William Burt
Hardcover (9″x9″), published by The Countryman Press in 2015 — retail $29.95. Naturalist William Burt is known for seeking out wild places and elusive birds—and none fit the bill quite so well as the creatures featured in this book. This may well be his break out book, featuring the downy young of the wetlands, whose images are full of character and appeal. Most of these birds have never been captured on film until now. From the comic-monster herons to the fuzzy ducklings and stick-legged sandpipers, these tots have personality and spunk. In the wetlands, they come together, drawn by one essential need: for water. These babies then, are birds that get their feet wet; this book is one for bird lovers, naturalists, photographers, and animal lovers.
National Geographic Complete Birds of North America (second edition), by Jonathan Alderfer
Hardcover (7″x10″) in excellent condition. Published by National Geographic — retail $40.00. Essential, comprehensive, and easy to use, the revised edition of National Geographic Complete Birds of North America is an astonishing resource that covers every bird species found in North America as well as all the seasonal visitors. Entries are organized by family group, the taxonomic organization newly updated to match current American Ornithologists’ Union guidelines. Within a family, each separate bird entry has dozens of tips and illustrations on species’ gender, age group, behavior, habitat, nesting and feeding habits, and migration routes. Providing full information on more than 1,000 species, this book features hundreds of range and migration maps, cutting-edge information on identification, and more than 4000 annotated illustrations by expert bird artists.
North American Wildlife, by David Jones
Softcover (9″x12″) in great condition. Published by Whitecap Books in 2006. Description: Nature writing and photography at their exciting best. North America’s wildlife has endured the challenges put to them – human encroachment, changing climates, and increased pollution – with new trials forcing them to adapt as best they can. Their struggles and remarkable strategies are chronicled in North American Wildlife. Complementing the compelling writing of David Jones are 400 intriguing photographs. The expansive parklands of North America provide a stunning backdrop for this dramatic close-up look at life in the wild.
Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology Since Darwin
By Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny, Bob Montgomerie. Hardcover (8″x10″) in great condition. Published by Princeton University Press in 2014. Description: Ten Thousand Birds provides a thoroughly engaging and authoritative history of modern ornithology, tracing how the study of birds has been shaped by a succession of visionary and often-controversial personalities, and by the unique social and scientific contexts in which these extraordinary individuals worked. This beautifully illustrated book opens in the middle of the nineteenth century when ornithology was a museum-based discipline focused almost exclusively on the anatomy, taxonomy, and classification of dead birds. Ten Thousand Birds brings this history vividly to life through the work and achievements of those who advanced the field.
Birds: A Visual Guide, by Joanna Burger
Hardcover (9″x9″) in great condition. Published by Firefly Books in 2006. Description: With hundreds of color photographs and precise illustrations, along with explanatory annotations, Birds examines all aspects of avian life evolutionary beginnings, biology, behavior. This comprehensive reference provides up-to-date information on the conservation status of various species at risk. Readers will find detailed information about the remarkable phenomenon of avian migration across continents and oceans, which covers the mechanics of flight and the structure of feathers.
Latin for Bird Lovers, by Roger Lederer & Carol Burr
Hardcover (7″x9″) in great condition. Published by Timber Press in 2014. Description: While Latin is officially an “ancient” language, it’s useful in so many areas of modern life, including bird watching. Birdwatchers need a universal language when they’re speaking about birds, since common names vary by region. Latin for Bird Lovers answers this call, introducing more than 3,000 words to describe birds. Packed with tips on using Latin to identify birds by color, size, and behavior, this gorgeously illustrated, informative guide is perfect for birdwatchers, nature lovers, and both experts and beginners in ornithology and etymology.
Birdscapes: Birds in Our Imagination and Experience, by Jeromy Mynott
Hardcover (7″x9″) in great condition. Published by Princeton University Press in 2014. Description: What draws us to the beauty of a peacock, the flight of an eagle, or the song of a nightingale? Why are birds so significant in our lives and our sense of the world? And what do our ways of thinking about and experiencing birds tell us about ourselves? Birdscapes is a unique meditation on the variety of human responses to birds, from antiquity to today, and from casual observers to the globe-trotting “twitchers” who sometimes risk life, limb, and marriages simply to add new species to their “life lists.”Drawing extensively on literature, history, philosophy, and science, Jeremy Mynott puts his own experiences as a birdwatcher in a rich cultural context. Conversational, playful, and witty, Birdscapes gently leads us to reflect on large questions about our relation to birds and the natural world.
Birdsong, by Don Stap
Paperback (5 1/2″ x 8″) in great condition. Published by Oxford University Press in 2005. Description: Following one of the world’s experts on birdsong from the woods of Martha’s Vineyard to the tropical forests of Central America, Don Stap brings to life the quest to unravel an ancient mystery: Why do birds sing and what do their songs mean? We quickly discover that one question leads to another. Why does the chestnut-sided warbler sing one song before dawn and another after sunrise? Why does the brown thrasher have a repertoire of two thousand songs when the chipping sparrow has only one? And how is the hermit thrush able to sing a duet with itself, producing two sounds simultaneously to create its beautiful, flutelike melody? In a modern, noisy world, it is increasingly difficult to hear those voices of the gods. Exploring birdsong takes us to that rare place — in danger of disappearing forever — where one hears only the planet’s oldest music.
Molt in North American Birds, by Steve N.G. Howell
Hardcover (7″x10″) in great condition. Published by Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt in 2010. Peterson Reference Guides series. Description: To most observers, molt seems an overwhelming subject. But birders use many aspects of molt more than they realize to distinguish juvenile birds from adults, to pick out an individual hummingbird from among dozens visiting a feeder, and much more. For those whose interest goes beyond simply identifying birds, questions such as What triggers molt to start? How fast do feathers grow? and How long do they last? offer a fascinating window into the lives of birds. Put plainly, molt relates in some way to everything a bird does, including where it lives, what it eats, and how far it migrates. Here, for the first time, molt is presented for the nonscientist. Molt is very orderly and built on only four underlying strategies: simple basic, complex basic, simple alternate, and complex alternate. This book clearly lays out these strategies, relates them to aspects of life history, such as habitat and migration, and makes this important subject accessible.
A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife, by Richard Sale
Hardcover (7″x10″) in great condition. Published by Firefly Books in 2006. Description: This is the ideal guidebook to the wildlife of the Arctic, which is undergoing such a perilous change. Polar expert Richard Sale describes the ecological and human dynamics of the Arctic as a whole, with detailed information about the peoples of the region and their history. He also discusses the future for the region and its wildlife, severely threatened by both climatic change and the overwhelming pollution created by humankind.Following sections on Arctic geology, geography, speciation and biogeography, the book provides extensive field coverage of all the region’s mammals and birds. In-depth information on each species includes notes on identification, size, voice, distribution, diet, breeding, taxonomy and more.A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife is packed with stunning photographs and features range maps of the entire circumpolar ranges — including oceans and seas — of the various polar creatures. This beautifully illustrated and authoritative book will provide a renewed understanding of the Arctic and its unique challenges.
Natural Histories Extraordinary Birds, by Paul Sweet
Hardcover (9″x12″) and plates in great condition. Published by American Museum of Natural History. Description: Extraordinary Birds follows the success of Natural Histories, and is the next compendium in this well-received series that marries art and thought-provoking science. American Museum of Natural History ornithologist Paul Sweet takes readers on a migratory journey across the globe, introducing them to unique and exquisite birds, as well as to groundbreaking avian studies from the past 500 years. Featuring 40 frameable prints and an equal number of fascinating, in-depth essays, this stunning collection gives bird lovers a precious look at illustrated ornithological monographs from the museum’s Rare Book Collections.
The Unfeathered Bird, by Katrina van Grouw
Hardcover (10″x12″) in great condition. Published by Princeton University Press in 2013. Description: There is more to a bird than simply feathers. And just because birds evolved from a single flying ancestor doesn’t mean they are structurally all the same. With over 385 stunning drawings depicting 200 species, The Unfeathered Bird is a richly illustrated book on bird anatomy that offers refreshingly original insights into what goes on beneath the feathered surface. Each exquisite drawing is made from an actual specimen and reproduced in sumptuous large format. The birds are shown in lifelike positions and engaged in behavior typical of the species: an underwater view of the skeleton of a swimming loon, the musculature of a porpoising penguin, and an unfeathered sparrowhawk plucking its prey. Jargon-free and easily accessible to any reader, the lively text relates birds’ anatomy to their lifestyle and evolution, examining such questions as why penguins are bigger than auks, whether harrier hawks really have double-jointed legs, and the difference between wing claws and wing spurs. A landmark in popular bird books, The Unfeathered Bird is a must for anyone who appreciates birds or bird art.
Connecticut Wildlife (Biodiversity, Natural History and Conservation), by Geoffrey A. Hammerson
Paperback (8 1/2″x11″) in great condition. Published by University Press of New England in 2004. Description: Connecticut Wildlife is the lavishly illustrated, exhaustive overview of the ecosystems of Connecticut, its plants and animals, and the ecological links among the state’s wildlife and their habitats–from butterflies to red foxes, jellyfish to double-crested cormorants, poison ivy to phytoplankton. It carefully traces Connecticut’s daily, seasonal, annual, and long-term cycles, which range from the dynamics of natural communities to patterns of reproduction and behavior in major groups of organisms. Whether looking at individual species or broad ecosystems, Geoffrey A. Hammerson’s conservationist perspective shines in Connecticut Wildlife. The book will become an essential part of the libraries of every naturalist, conservationist, and educator in Connecticut and the Northeast.